I wouldn’t call myself a Poosh stan but I dabble in the occasional Instagram post from the Kourtney Kardashian-founded wellness brand. It’s a true visual hodgepodge of aspiration, inspiration, punny hashtags (#pooshtheboundaries), and the occasional tidbit from Mrs. Barker herself. Of that final category, one quick word of wisdom truly struck me: if traveling anywhere for more than a night, Kourtney insists on bringing her best silk pillowcases.
I, a proud owner of both a silk and satin pillow cover, have this in common with Kourtney. It seems like absolute diva behavior, but once you’ve discovered the benefits (for hair and skin—wrinkles especially) and felt the difference (percale can’t compare), you’ll never want to sleep on anything else.
Featured image by Claire Huntsberger.
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Why sleep on a silk pillowcase?
Aside from the cool luxurious touch of silk against your cheek, silk pillowcases are said to help reduce frizz, protect hair cuticles, reduce breakouts, and prevent facial creases.
It’s all about friction. Silk’s smooth nature reduces the rubbing back and forth of the skin, eyelashes, and hair, so your blowout is protected for longer. And because silk absorbs less moisture than cotton, skincare products stay put on your face—you’ll also reduce the potential for breakouts.
Silk is naturally hypoallergenic, so it’s an excellent fabric option for those with sensitive skin.
Silk vs. Satin Pillowcases
While satin offers many of the benefits of silk (it’s breathable, hypoallergenic, and less absorbent than cotton), the major difference is in how they’re made. Silk is a fiber naturally produced by silkworms (a process developed in ancient China). Satin, technically, is a type of weaving made from synthetic fibers like polyester, rayon, and cotton.
Satin’s synthetic nature makes it more affordable (while still offering similar benefits) and not quite as delicate as silk. It’s a solid budget-friendly alternative.
Truth be told, I regularly swap my silk and satin pillowcases around, and—though the silk option is definitely silkier—I rarely notice much of a difference.
The Best Silk Pillowcases of 2023
With the good word very much out on the beauty benefits of silk, your options are vast and solid. Still, we’ve narrowed it down to the 10 best silk pillowcases you can buy now based on reviews, a mix of mulberry (the “Egyptian cotton” of the silk pillow world), and the all-important momme count, which reflects the density of the silk. (For reference, the average momme silk count is 19.)
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